May 3, 1925 – June 15, 2016
Harold K. Allen, a retired teacher and founder of Allen Marine Services, died Wednesday in his Hamburg home after a short illness. He was 91.
Born in Byng Inlet, Ont., he grew up in the City of Tonawanda and was a graduate of Tonawanda High School, where he was a member of the track team and set a record in the high jump.
He served in the Army Air Forces stateside during World War II as a pilot trainee and in the Quartermaster Corps.
Returning from service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State Teachers College and a master’s degree in education from Columbia University.
Mr. Allen began his career as an art teacher in 1955 at Smallwood Elementary School in Amherst, retiring in 1978.
A diver, he and his late brother, Gordon, salvaged items from the bottom of the Niagara River as a hobby, then established Allen Marine Salvage Service, an underwater contracting company, in 1952. They began doing maintenance and repair work on municipal water intakes and expanded into industrial projects. He and his brother sold the company and retired in 1990.
He enjoyed sailing, skiing and tennis. He was a member of Holimont Ski Club and the Niagara Sailing Club and was a former commodore of the Buffalo Yacht Club.
His wife of 64 years, the former Victoria Nepokroeff, died in 2012.
Survivors include two sons, Kurt and Douglas; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St., Hamburg.